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Monday, April 25, 2011
Curing the Monday blues

By Amanda Rykoff

NBA: Three first-round playoff series continue tonight. The first game tips at 8 p.m. (TNT) in Memphis, where the eighth-seeded Grizzlies have a surprising 2-1 series lead over the top-seeded Spurs. Memphis seeks its second home playoff win in franchise history. ... It will be hard to top the Trail Blazers' stirring 23-point comeback in Saturday's Game 4 against the Mavericks. The two teams tip a pivotal Game 5 (8:30 p.m., NBATV), with the series tied at two. Keep in mind, in the NBA playoffs, the Game 5 winner goes on to win 82.8 percent of the time. ... Many anticipated a thrilling first-round series between the No. 4-seed Thunder and No. 5-seed Nuggets, but Oklahoma City has dominated and looks for a sweep in tonight's Game 4 in Denver (10:30 p.m., TNT). It would be the first postseason series sweep for the franchise since 1996, when the Sonics swept the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets.

NHL: We've had six straight days with at least one overtime game in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Will we have more tonight? Pittsburgh takes a 3-2 series lead into Tampa, seeking to close out the Lightning in Game 6 (7 p.m., Versus). The road team has won the last four games in the series. ... The Sharks failed to close out the Kings at home Saturday night, so the teams head back to Los Angeles for Game 6. The Kings are trying to come back from a 3-1 series deficit for the second time in franchise history (10 p.m.)

MLB: There are nine baseball games on the docket today, highlighted by an NL Central battle between the Brewers and Reds (Bronson Arroyo vs. Chris Narveson, 8:10 p.m.). ... The stumbling White Sox have lost 10 of 11 and head to the Bronx to take on the AL East-leading Yankees. The first of the four-game series is on ESPN tonight at 7:05 p.m. (Phil Humber vs. A.J. Burnett). ... The Angels have lost four straight and hope ace Jered Weaver (5-0) can stop the slide against the visiting A's tonight. Weaver looks to become the first pitcher in MLB history with six wins by April 25, but he's lost his last three decisions against the A's (Weaver vs. Gio Gonzalez, 10:05 p.m.).

Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.